Jofra Archer Imitates Steve Smith, After Bouncing Him Out Of Action

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Cricket Australia took to post a video of Jofra Archer imitating Steve Smith's stance & his hilarious leave while England trained ahead of the third Test.

Written By Koushik Narayanan | Mumbai | Updated On:

Jofra Archer had a debut to remember in the longer format of the game after he floored Smith and his concussion substitute Marcus Labuschange in addition to bowling a fiery spell that sent batsmen ducking for cover quite often. Star batsman Smith suffered delayed concussion symptoms after being hit on his neck by a 92 mph bouncer from England fast bowler Jofra Archer during the drawn second Test at Lord's.

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Jofra Archer imitates Steve Smith's stance

Cricket Australia took to post a video of Jofra Archer imitating Steve Smith's stance while England were training. The former Australian skipper's stance is an unorthodox style with a high backlift, a style that he has mastered. Jofra Archer is also seen leaving the ball in a similar peculiar manner of how Smith did in the second game. Jofra Archer also displayed his batting skills ashe is seen hitting a string of deliveries out of the park, as he trained in the nets. See the video below:

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Steve Smith's absence will hurt Australia

Steve Smith has been ruled out for Australia's next encounter against England at Headingley. The star batsman was ruled out after he was reported to have a delayed concussion. Steve Smith's absence from the third Test at Headingley starting Thursday leaves Australia with a huge hole to fill. Smith marked his return to Test cricket after a 12-month ball-tampering ban with innings of 144 and 142 during Australia's 251-run win in the first Test at Edgbaston that put his side 1-0 up in the five-match series.

He also made 92, having retired hurt after being hit when on 80, at Lord's where Marnus Labuschagne, Test cricket's first concussion substitute, made a brave fifty in the second innings after being hit flush on the grille of his helmet by Archer.

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Star batsman struggle against pace

Smith and England opener Rory Burns apart, both top-orders have struggled in the face of some quality fast bowling. But England has stuck by Jason Roy, even though the World Cup-winning opener averages just 10 in four innings this series. Roy, however, has mainly been a middle-order batsman in first-class cricket with Surrey. England coach Trevor Bayliss hinted at a reshuffle in the batting line-up, if not in personnel.

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